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San Francisco Hosts Consul General

The San Francisco Chapter of Hadassah recently hosted Dr. Andy David, Consul General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest. His comments and analysis of the results of the Israeli elections gave Hadassah members much insight into the politics in Israel..

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Florida Atlantic Holds Mystery Party Fundraiser

Recently Florida Atlantic Region held an interactive mystery event fund raiser at the Benvenuto Restaurant in Boynton Beach.A production company was contracted to produce an original interactive script for Hadassah. Entitled “One Less for Lunch – A Hadassah Mystery” the coordinator incorporated information about the attendees as part of the skit. This information was identifiable by the audience and made it funny and more meaningful.

The Region included many components for fund raising such as selling “puzzle pieces” for aRoad to Delivery Wall Tile inscribed with the winner's name. A participant could purchase a number from 1 to 84 for $50. The number was drawn on the day of the event and the person did not need to be in attendance to win. Also, they sold raffles for gift baskets and dinners.They solicited table sponsors and produced a tribute ad book. In addition to fund raising, education was included when a speaker spoke about “Israel at 65.”

To encourage participation, the Region devoted much time and effort in publicizing the event. They sent invitations, produced registration flyers and even gave out notepads with the event information at a Region conference prior to the event.

The day was a huge success thanks to the efforts of Joan Baron, President of Florida Atlantic Region, Lydia Krieg, Corresponding Secretary, Iris Rothstein, Joan Sarasky, Lonnie Sterling and their committees. Chapters throughout the Region participated and helped raise $20,000 for Hadassah.

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Shalom Tamid Group Visits Historical Community

Throughout the year the Shalom Tamid Group of Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia conducted a series of study groups learning about immigration to our country and the start of agricultural communities. One of these was located in Woodbine NJ, near Philadelphia.

Recently, the group visited this historical area along with relatives of residents of Woodbine. They were able to view the Sam Azeez Museum which honors the community founded in 1891 through the philanthropy of Baron de Hirsch. Russian Jews were the first citizens of Woodbine. It was very interesting for the participants to learn about Woodbine through the eyes of people who actually lived there.

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Hadassah of Boston Celebrates Centennial
Boston Hadassah Celebrates 100 Years


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Northeast Region Holds Leadership Retreat

Hanna Pollack, Jamie Kotler, Nancy Falchuk

Nearly 70 women from five Northeast regions--Western New England, Northern New England, Upper Mid-Atlantic, Southern New England, and Connecticut--attended the Hadassah Northeast (HNE) Leadership Retreat Shabbaton November 15-17, 2013. Beautiful autumn weather enhanced the retreat’s setting, the luxurious Cranwell Resort and Spa in the Berkshires.

Sessions included an update on Hadassah and on Hadassah’s new women’s heart health initiative “Every Beat Counts,” facilitated by the immediate past National President Nancy Falchuk. Hanna Pollack, National Leadership chair, led two leadership sessions focusing on adapting to diversity--both personality-wise and generational--among our members and how best to take advantage of those differences. A final session led by Hanna explored how every member can choose her own way to make an impact both in her daily life and in her Hadassah life.

Attendees were treated to a lovely Kabbalat Shabbat, a lively Torah study discussion and a peaceful Havdallah, led by rabbinical student and new life member Jamie Kotler, of Brookline, Mass.

Attendees made Chanukah cards and friendship bracelets for Jewish soldiers, and retreat centerpieces were made of canned goods, which were later donated to local food pantry, Rachel’s Table.

A 16-member team, under the expert guidance of coordinator Myra Glansberg and advisors Phyllis Berlow and Judy Schatz, planned the event down to the smallest detail. The attendees will continue to benefit from follow-up activities, including mentorship opportunities and periodic discussions. The retreat was sponsored in part by a grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

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Chicago-North Shore Launches Women’s Heart Health Campaign

Hadassah Chicago-North Shore Chapter hosted a benefit dinner to kick off the national campaign “Heart to Heart: Every Beat Counts” on November 6 at the Doubletree Hotel in Skokie. This event was meant to educate its members and the community about heart disease, the number one killer of women.

Keynote speakers included Dr. Chaim Lotan, a leading cardiologist and researcher in biomedical innovation andhead of the Heart Institute at Hadassah Hospital in Israel and Dr. Annabelle Volgman, recognized this year as one of the Top 100 Women of Influence in Chicago by Today’s Chicago Woman magazine. She is director of the Heart Center at Rush Medical Center.

They spoke about increasing awareness of heart disease risks and prevention; shared the latest heart health information and assessment tools; and informed the attendees about cutting-edge research at Hadassah Medical Organization’s Heart Institute in Jerusalem.

“I am elated that Hadassah is giving attention to such an important and overlooked health issue,” said Chicago-North Shore Chapter President Michele Rubin. “Women do not recognize the symptoms of a heart attack because they are more subtle than the symptoms men may have.”

Read more about our Heart Health program here>>
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Hadassah Marks Kansas City’s 100th anniversary
The Mittelman family, featuring four generations of Hadassah life members, is among those that were honored at Hadassah’s Centennial Celebration on Nov. 10. The honorees are Kerry Kuluva (from left), Sara Mittelman, Marie Koffman and Paige Kuluva in front.

One hundred years ago Henrietta Szold came to Kansas City, just a year after she founded Hadassah, met with friends and helped organize a local chapter. On November 10th the members of the Greater Kansas City Chapter of Hadassah gathered at Hallbrook Country Club to celebrate 100 years of helping others throughout the world.

At the celebration, women who have been members for 50-plus years — Marge Adler, Ede Bratt, Rosie Lerner, Regina Pachter and Beth Smith — were recognized. Families consisting of three, four and five generations of Hadassah members also were honored.

The four values that motivated Szold to establish Hadassah, according to Marian Kaplan, president of the Greater Kansas City Chapter, still guide the organization today: Pikuach Nefesh — We must value life, one life at a time; Klal Yisrael — We must embrace that we are one; Tikkun Olam —We have a duty to repair the world; and M’Dor L’Dor — We must teach the next generation to care for each other and the world.

“These four traditional values have been part of our organization from the very start,” said Kaplan, who has been a member for 20 years and will complete her two-and-a-half-year term as president on Dec. 31, 2014.

Rita Shapiro, president of the Great Plains Region, spoke at the celebration telling the history of Hadassah and emphasizing the organization’s strengths today.

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Harrisburg Chapter of the Northern Seaboard Region hosts Barbara Goldstein

Recently, the Harrisburg Chapter hosted Barbara Goldstein, Deputy Director in Hadassah Israel, at their Hadassah Israel State Dinner, which is their annual donor event. The dinner was held in the magnificent rotunda of the Pennsylvania State Capitol building. Barbara Goldstein was the keynote speaker and the honorees for the evening were member and associate, Esther and Ed Beck.

The Becks are longtime Hadassah supporters. Esther is a past- President and has held many other chapter positions, and Ed is an Associate and also the founder of Scholars for Peace in Israel and a board member ZAKA, the search and rescue organization in Israel.

At the beginning of the evening, Rhoda Dombchik, President of Northern Seaboard Region, welcomed everyone on behalf of the Region and gave a brief update. Those in attendance in this fabulous setting were energized by Barbara’s speech. She told us the answer to the Israeli peace effort is “We need more ‘peace’ acts and less ‘peace’ talks.”

She said that’s what Hadassah does every day with the help of its more than 300,000 members. She spoke about the groundbreaking research and achievements that take place at HMO which not only benefit Israel but the rest of the world. State Senator Rob Teplitz, whose wife Randi was co-chair of the dinner, presented Barbara Goldstein with a citation from the State of Pennsylvania.

At the dinner marketing materials for the new “Choose Where to Make Your Impact Campaign” and Hadassah Facts were made available. Attendees were encouraged to donate to the project of their choice. Also on display were the medical dolls, which the chapter makes for local children’s hospitals to use as a teaching device so doctors can help children understand their procedures.

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Philadelphia Hosts Author
Judy Cohen, Education Coordinator and Vice President; Roz Holberg, President of Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia; David Laskin; Joyce Laiter, Education Coordinator

Hadassah Southern Nevada Chapter honored Rabbi Yocheved Mintz at the Heart of Hadassah Gala on November 2, 2013 at the Red Rock Resort. The evening began with a chance auction, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres before dinner and entertainment.

On Sunday, October 20, 2013, Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia held a Book and Author event at a lovely brunch at the beautiful Estia Restaurant in Center City. Over 100 men and women gathered to hear author, David Laskin, the son of one of Philadelphia’s longtime members, speak about his novel, The Family: Three Journeys into the Heart of the Twentieth Century. In his presentation, David told how he traced the roots of his own family in order to write the book, which takes place in Europe, the U.S. and Israel. The audience was very interested in the description of this sweeping epic and were able to ask David questions about the book and his life and family.

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Southern Nevada Chapter Hosts "Heart of Hadassah" Event

Hadassah Southern Nevada Chapter honored Rabbi Yocheved Mintz at the Heart of Hadassah Gala on November 2, 2013 at the Red Rock Resort. The evening began with a chance auction, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres before dinner and entertainment.

Guests heard from Dr. Chaim Lotan, Director of the Heart Institute at Hadassah's Hospital at Ein Kerem, who talked about the many changes in cardiac care and the innovations being discovered at Hadassah Medical Organization.

Rabbi Mintz talked about family and her long association with Hadassah, beginning as a young girl active in Young Judaea, then in Hadassah, and announced that in honor of her being honored, she had made all of her sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren Life Members.

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Baltimore Chapter Goes on Mission to Israel

Members of the mission in Israel.

Nearly thirty members traveled on a mission to Israel in mid-October with the Baltimore Chapter. It was a first for most in the group, which was comprised of members from chapters in Maryland, Florida, Connecticut, New Jersey and Tennessee. Led by Laurie Weitz and Aileen Bormel of the National Board, the group toured all the “must-sees” in Israel from Masada to the JNF Forest:

“We hiked in the Banias, watched how the IDF trains dogs to sniff out explosives and find terrorists, saw the new city of Modi’in , walked streets and explored tunnels that were 4000 years old,” organizer Laurie Weitz said.

“And we listened to tales of the heroes who fought and continue to fight so that all Jews have a place to call home and feel accepted," she said. Lastly, she said, the group witnessed the impact Hadassah has made, and continues to make, in the region. 

"As our guide said, ‘Israel would be a different country without Hadassah,'" she said. 

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Southern New Jersey Region holds Successful Keepers Event

Back Row ( to r): Rita Millen, Region Major Gifts co-Chair; Speaker Tamar Davis; SNJ Region President Sherry Kaufman; Marsha Schiffman, Region co-fundraising VP; Speaker Barbara Goldstein Front Row ( to r): Joannie Weinfeld, SNJ Region Fundraising co-chair; Ruth Hyman and Tiby Lapkin, Region Keepers co-chairs

SNJ Region Co-fundraising Vice President Marsha Schiffman presenting a certificate of appreciation to speaker Barbara Goldstein (“BG”)

On Sunday, October 6, 2013, Hadassah Southern New Jersey Region hosted a Keepers of the Gate Brunch at a lovely event site near the Jersey shore. The purpose of the event was to celebrate the Region’s current Keepers and educate other attendees about this very important annual giving program. Barbara Goldstein, Deputy Director of the Hadassah office in Israel on a speaking tour of the US, spoke about our connections to and opportunities to support Israel. Alluding to the closing of the Book of Life on Yom Kippur she reminded us that the “Gates of Hadassah” are always open. Tamar Davis, National Director of Annual Giving, segued into an explanation of the Keepers program, showed a moving PowerPoint, and tied it into the Choose Where to Make Your Impact initiative, reminding us to “make a difference.”

The Region also honored their current Keepers of 10 years or more with a red rose ceremony.

As a result of the event three current Keepers upgraded to Chai level ($1800) and 5 members joined the program as brand new Keepers. Southern New Jersey’s goal for 2014 is to engage at least four new Keepers, and reach 102 in the Region in honor of Hadassah’s 102nd year.

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Richmond Chapter Models 100 Years of Fashion

On October 20, 2013, over 160 Members and Associates of the Richmond Chapter gathered to celebrate its members, honor six Life Members of 50+ years, and recognize 300 Life Members of 25+ years.

The Membership Appreciation event, chaired by Co-Membership VPs Elaine Ragone and Beth Rochkind, started when ten Associates entered in a chorus line, wearing top hats and bow ties, singing Hello Hadassah, with original lyrics to the tune of Hello Dolly.

After a delicious brunch, the program Fashion and History through Hadassah's Decades was a smash hit when 20 Hadassah ladies modeled period clothing spanning 100 years, provided by a local professional theater company. The script (updated and edited from Hadassah's Centennial program) was full of history, pop culture and Hadassah's achievements.

The program continued with the honoring of six Hadassah women who had been Life Members for 50+ years, complete with a video presentation of their personal stories, presentation of 50-year pins and personalized certificates. Afterwards, there was recognition of Life Members of 25+ years with presentation of certificates.

In attendance were four new members, many multiple generation families, and many Associates. There was no minimal donation required to attend, however over $3,000 was raised from donations made by family and friends who wrote tribute messages in honor of the honorees.

See more photos on their Facebook page
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Metuchen-Edison-Gesher Chapter Holds Dinner Event with Mayor and Hadassah Israel Office Deputy Director

The Metuchen-Edison-Gesher Chapter in Metuchen, New Jersey held a dinner event last week where the community at large came to hear Barbara Goldstein, Deputy Director of the Hadassah Office in Israel, and wife of the Hazzan Emeritus of Neve Shalom. Ms. Goldstein reminded the group about securing Israel's continued existence as the Jewish homeland, the generation privileged to witness the third Jewish Commonwealth in our lifetime.

She was followed by the Mayor of Jersey City, Steven Fulop, who grew up in Edison, in the very same the congregation, Neve Shalom. His current stands on mandatory sick leave, minimum wage rules and gay marriage made his talk refreshing and visionary. Chair of the evening, Aimee Braverman, said she "couldn't have been more pleased with the attendance or the speakers as they both charged us to keep up the important work that Hadassah does in Israel, in America and around the world."

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Boston Chapter Opens with "Exercise Your Way to a Healthy Heart" Program
Members of the Boston Chapter

At the Boston Chapter's Every Beat Counts: Hadassah's Heart Health Program™ event

On Sunday, October 27, the Boston Chapter together with Healthworks Fitness Center in Chestnut Hill sponsored the chapter's opening program "Exercise Your Way to a Healthy Heart".

The group heard about Hadassah's new heart health initiative Every Beat Counts: Hadassah's Heart Health Program™ and watched the Hadassah Video, featuring Professor Lotan, Dr. Zvat Zwas and National President Marcie Natan.

The Keynote Speaker was a young woman, Debbie Mikels, diagnosed at an early age with heart disease. Debbie, a Registered Occupational Therapist, shared her compelling story with the group.

"In retrospect, Heart Disease in women can manifest itself atypically... if you or someone you know have symptoms, especially if they seem to be related to activity or exercise, STOP, and contact your physician immediately. If I had contacted my doctor the day I had the discomfort on the treadmill, perhaps I could have avoided having a heart attack."

Afterwards, a Healthwork's Trainer explained to the group, how exercise could prevent heart disease. The group then increased their heart rate with Zumba and Yoga. The program concluded with healthy refreshments: Yogurtland fat free frozen yogurt with healthy fruit toppings, fresh fruit, low fat granola bars and water. The Boston Chapter is planning to host a series of other heart health programs during the year: a heart health walk in February in partnership with two local synagogues, a healthy cooking demonstration and a Mother and Child Scavenger Hunt in a local grocery store.

Read more about our Heart Health program here>>
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